Baseball Tax Tussle
The Council is drawing yet another line in the sand after learning about the Mayor's latest baseball stadium proposal.
The mayor's aides were confident yesterday that they will get MLB to say yes to the spending cap, perhaps by tomorrow and by Monday at the latest. (Monday is the deadline set by the council.) The mayor's spokesman, Vince Morris, insists that we have made too much of the cost overruns issue because, he says, there won't be any overruns. Others tell me, however, that if the mayor is so certain the stadium will be built on budget, then why won't baseball just endorse the spending cap and be done with it?
While council chairman Linda Cropp and other council members who voted in favor of the spending cap are now on record saying they oppose what the mayor is doing -- pledging excess tax money to cover overruns, if necessary -- it is not clear how far the council will go to rein in the mayor. The mayor's staff appears to believe they can get the assurance that the tax plan is technically legal under the council's legislation, convince MLB that the stadium is covered and get the deal done by Monday with no further council action.
Anyone care to bet how this latest wrinkle will play out?
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